David Spanswick

retired gent
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Location: Brighton United Kingdom
Birthday: 11 Feb
In My Own Words:
I live in a little house in Brighton with books in the walls from floor to ceiling. I have a beautiful cat called Sariska who is constantly afraid and sleeps on top of a bookcase. I read avidly and love watching films adapted from favourite books if only to trash them. I also write which is a lot harder than reading.


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Lost Cartographies: Tales of Another Europe by Cyril Simsa
Cyril Simsa's enchanting collection of tales esoteric, exotic and mysterious comprises a novella "Imbibing History" and a handful of tales embracing the Angel of Death on the quayside with her colder than cold Kiss of Death,a Czech legend of Wenceslas and the sleeping knights from under the Hill and the deadly legacy we human have invited onto our planet.

Wherever you look in this intriguing collection you will find Simsa's debts to local folklore especially that encircling his homeland near Prague but also a mysterious Otherworld; a parallel world to our own, a world visited by such diverse visitors as Isak Dinesan, Ursula K. Leguin, Huysmans and Abraham Stoker. There is… Read more
The Chambers Dictionary by Chambers (Ed)
The Chambers Dictionary by Chambers (Ed)
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Weighing in at 5lb 2.4 oz this is a mighty impressive tome and should I ever be celebrated enough to appear on Desert Island Discs this is definitely the book I would choose after Shakespeare and the Bible.

Not only does the dictionary contain more words than I will ever use in my lifetime though I will definitely find excuses to use saxitoxin, petronel, hogger,fennec, dongle, not to mention constuprate, blennorrhoea and rufiyaa (yes they are all here and my Spellcheck has just had a stroke!!) but at the end of this magnificant tome you will find every logophile's favourite obsession "The WordLover's Ramble incorporating pages on Political Correctness,words that have Changed… Read more
Philips Shaver Series 3000 with CloseCut Blades an&hellip by Philips
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It was on my fourteenth Christmas that I was given my first razor by my Dad. It was a pain-inducing scraper affair and I probably used it less than once a month and then only for the thrill of lathering the soap required. Now fifty years later the need for a daily attack on the bristles ~ a mixture of pencil grey and snowy white ~ is necessary.

This cute little razor does an admirable job, even in the picture included above it resembles an Aardman graphic, and leaves my ageing cheeks smooth and ready for the day

My only complaint is that the twisty lead needed to plug in to the energy socket is too short* and requires me to bend and stoop (becoming increasingly… Read more

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